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July 18, 2017: The Committee has posted a new instruction and accompanying reporter’s note for the crime of Possession of Child Pornography, 13 V.S.A. § 2827. The new instruction, CR27-741, is available here.
June 15, 2017: The Committee has added new instructions for appeals from the Judicial Bureau of speeding violations. Those appeals may be heard as a de novo jury trial in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court. The instructions are … Continue reading
June 15, 2017: The Committee has added a new instruction for the crime of Luring a Child, 13 V.S.A. § 2828. The new instruction, CR27-761, is available here.
May 8, 2017: The Committee has updated the instruction and reporter’s note for “Juror Prohibitions, Including Juror Use of Electronic Devices” (CR01-031) to reflect that courts should explicitly instruct the jury not to discuss the case amongst themselves until deliberations … Continue reading
April 24, 2017: The Committee has made Reporter’s Note revisions to the following sections to incorporate recent case law: Simple Assault (physical menace) – CR22-041 Aggravated Assault (threatened another with deadly weapon) – CR22-098 Unanimous Verdict – CR04-081
January 20, 2017: The Committee has posted new instructions for the following crimes related to credit card fraud: CR60-301. Credit Card Fraud ($50 or less), 9 V.S.A. §§ 4043, 4044(a) (01/20/17) CR60-306. Credit Card Fraud (more than $50), 9 V.S.A. … Continue reading
January 8, 2017: The Committee has added an instruction for the new crime of “Disclosure of Sexually Explicit Images Without Consent.” See 13 V.S.A. § 2606(b)(1). The new instruction, CR27-611, is available here.
December 12, 2016: The Committee had added a new instruction and reporter’s note for the crime of Enabling the Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. 7 V.S.A. § 658(a)(2). The new instruction and note reflect the Supreme Court’s recent decision … Continue reading
June 15, 2016: The Committee has posted revised instructions and reporter’s notes for Cruelty to a Child, including the new felony version of the crime. The revisions reflect the recent legislative enactment. See 2015, No. 60, § 25, eff. July … Continue reading
May 17, 2016: The Committee has revised the instruction for Home Improvement Fraud and the accompanying Reporter’s Note to reflect the Legislature’s recent amendment to 13 V.S.A. § 2029. See 2015, No. 13, §§ 1–2, eff. May 1, 2015.